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Stripes Sweep Wednesday Trials Doubleheader

The team hit three home runs en route to two wins and a 3-0 series lead
June 28, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stars 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Stripes 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 0
Win: H. Hall Loss: J. Kelley Save: None
Box Score
 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stripes 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 6 0
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Win: R. Cornelio Loss: M. Anglin Save: None
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - The Stripes swept Wednesday's doubleheader against the Stars on the third day of the 2018 18U National Team Trials on Wednesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

In the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, the Stripes team claimed its second win of the trials series with a 3-1 victory over the Stars.

A leadoff single by Kyren Paris (Oakley, Calif.) got things rolling for the Stripes in the bottom of the first. A stolen base and a wild pitch got Paris to third with CJ Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) up at the plate. Abrams then laced a single to right field that brought in the run and gave the Stripes an early 1-0 lead.

Two innings later, the Stars tied things up when Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas), who finished the day 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored, launched a dinger over the left field wall.

The tie would stand until the fifth when the Stripes took another lead, this time for good. Alex Milazzo's (Zachary, La.) leadoff double set the tone before Abrams came up big once again to break the tie with a RBI groundout. Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) added an insurance run with a RBI single one batter later for the final score of 3-1.

Cade Doughty (Denham Springs, La.), Milazzo and Paris all finished the game with two hits for the Stripes. Davis Rokose (Johns Creek, Ga.) got the start for the Stripes and the southpaw gave up just one run on four hits while striking out six in his four innings of work.

Jack Leiter (Summit, N.J.) shined on the bump for the Stars, also allowing just one run and striking out half a dozen batters in his five-inning start.

The Stripes kept all the momentum from the earlier game going into the second game of the day.

The squad once again struck first, taking an early 2-0 lead in the first frame of the game courtesy of a Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) two-run homer.

Carroll got in on the fun in the top of the third, launching a no-doubter over the right field wall for the third home run of the day and the Stripes' second of the game. The solo shot also gave the Stripes a 3-0 lead.

Two more insurance runs would come across the plate on a wild pitch and a single for the final 5-0 score.

The 2018 18U National Team Trials will wrap up with the final game of the series on Thursday, June 28, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 National Team Identification Series Selections

A total of 68 athletes were selected for 2019 national team programming from the 2018 NTIS
September 10, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the 68 athletes that were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to participate in 2019 national team programming. The tenth-annual NTIS was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 8-26 and for the tenth year in a row, the selection announcement was made through an online show.

Twenty-seven states and 16 regions from across the U.S. are represented by the 68 athletes chosen and fourteen states boast more than one selection.

Under the direction of USA Baseball task force, the 2018 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Twelve athletes were invited to compete at each of the 2019 12U National Team Trials, the 2019 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP) and the 15U National Team Trials. In addition, eight players from the 17U NTIS were chosen to participate in the 2019 18U National Team selection process.

"Our task force had a difficult job selecting just 68 athletes out of the incredible pool of talent from across the U.S. that participated in this year's NTIS," Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher, said. "We are excited about the players chosen from the 2018 event and what they will bring to our 2019 national team programming."

The 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups - 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 15U and 17U.

The 2018 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown

2019 12U National Team Trials Invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Rancho, N.M.
Parker Friend; C/RHP; Germantown, Md.
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.
Elijah McNeal; Dublin, Calif.
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.
C.J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas

2019 14U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)
Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.
Angel Cepeda; OF/IF; Union City, N.J.
Carson Dean; OF/IF; Frisco, Texas
Ian Duarte; OF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Terry Dunsford; IF/RHP; Grand Bay, Ala.
Keondre Fields; OF/RHP; Nesbit, Miss.
Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.
Houston Hirschkorn; IF/RHP; Kingsburg, Calif.
Andre Modugno; IF/Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Kellon Parnell; OF/IF; Pascagoula, Miss.
Brooks Wright; UT/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.

2019 15U National Team Trials invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)
Mason Balsis; C; Bristow, Va.
Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin, Ind.
Tyson Dewall; RHP; Folsom, Calif.
Demitri Diamant; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF; Las Cruces, N.M.
Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
Tyrus Williams; OF; Oxford, Miss.
Jaxon Willits; IF; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Colton Wombles; C; Salem, Ala.

2019 16U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)
Jesse Bullard; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jake Geis; RHP; San Jose, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Jaron Nevarez; LHP/IF; San Ramon, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.

2019 17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Pa.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Pa.

2019 18U National Team selection process invitees:
(from 17U NTIS)
Jag Burden; OF/IF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
Mac Guscette; C/IF; Nokomis, Fla.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Cameron Brown; RHP/IF; Flower Mound, Texas

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18U

USA Baseball Reveals 2018 18U National Team Training Roster

The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced on November 20
August 28, 2018

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the 2018 18U National Team Training roster on Tuesday. Beginning on November 14, the 26-man training roster will compete in a series of workouts and seven exhibition games in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, before the final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced on November 20.

Team USA will then travel to Panama City, Panama, to compete in the COPABE U-18 Pan American Championships from November 23 - December 2.

The 18U team will be looking for its fifth-consecutive Pan American Championships gold medal in 2018. The program has won seven straight international tournament titles dating back to 2011, including winning the last four World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

The 26-man roster features six USA Baseball alumni, including Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), who returns to the 18U program after winning a gold medal at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) are also on the 26-man roster. The trio won a gold medal with the 15U National Team at the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia last summer. 2013 12U National Team gold medalists Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) are the final athletes on the roster that have previously played for Team USA.

Twenty athletes are competing for the opportunity to wear the red, white and blue for the first time.

In total, 15 members of the roster have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP). The NTDP offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will lead the 18U National Team in 2018. He is joined on staff by pitching coach Scott Bankhead and assistant coaches Mervyl Melendez and Gregg Ritchie.

For more information on the 18U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball18U.

The 2018 18U National Team Trials roster:
Name; Position; Hometown
^CJ Abrams; IF; Alpharetta, Ga.
^Mick Abel; RHP; Portland, Ore.
Tyler Callihan; IF; Neptune Beach, Fla.
Corbin Carroll; OF; Seattle, Wash.
Riley Cornelio; RHP; Monument, Colo.
*^Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
^Riley Greene; OF; Oviedo, Fla.
Ryan Hawks; RHP; Bowling Green, Ky.
^Ethan Hearn; C; Mobile, Ala.
^Austin Hendrick; OF; Oakdale, Pa.
^Jared Kelley; RHP; Refugio, Texas
Jack Leiter; RHP; Summit, N.J.
Brennan Malone; RHP; Matthews, N.C.
Timmy Manning; LHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Jacob Meador; RHP; Burleson, Texas
^Victor Mederos; RHP; Miami, Fla.
*^Yohandy Morales; IF; Miami, Fla.
^Max Rajcic; RHP/IF; Fullerton, Calif.
Davis Rokose; LHP; Johns Creek, Ga.
Avery Short; LHP; Indianapolis, Ind.
Logan Tanner; C/RHP; Lucedale, Miss.
*^Anthony Volpe; IF; Watchung, N.J.
*^Masyn Winn; RHP/IF; Kingwood, Texas
^Bobby Witt Jr; IF; Colleyville, Texas
*^Carter Young; IF; Selah, Wash.

*Denotes National Team alum
^Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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CNT

Nineteen USA Baseball Alumni in 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Eleven past members of Collegiate National Team appear on rosters
July 13, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Nineteen USA Baseball alumni have been named to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters, the organization announced on Friday. Ten members of the National Team (NL) roster have suited up for the red, white and blue, while nine of the American League (AL) All-Stars played for Team USA.

Four alumni will start the game in the field for the NL, including Nolan Arenado, Brandon Crawford, Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper. In addition, alums Manny Machado and Mike Trout are among the AL's nine starting position players.

Of the 19 alumni, twelve have won gold medals with Team USA and eight have represented the stars and stripes on multiple USA Baseball national teams. Alex Bregman leads the way in both categories with appearances on five separate national teams and four gold medals.

In total, 11 alumni competed with the Collegiate National Team, seven played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), six suited up for the 18U National Team, four participated with the 16U National Team and two represented the U.S. on the Professional National Team.

The 2018 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2018 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
Nolan Arenado; Colorado Rockies; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Trevor Bauer; Cleveland Indians; 2009 Collegiate National Team
Alex Bregman; Houston Astros; 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Gerrit Cole; Houston Astros; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
Brandon Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Sean Doolittle; Washington Nationals; 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Teams
Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18 National Team
Paul Goldschmidt; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
Bryce Harper; Washington Nationals; 2008 16U National Team, 2009 18U National Team
Craig Kimbrel; Boston Red Sox; 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Francisco Lindor; Cleveland Indians; 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U National Team
Manny Machado; Baltimore Orioles; 2009 18U National Team
Buster Posey; San Francisco Giants; 2004 18U National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
George Springer; Houston Astros; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich; Milwaukee Brewers; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team

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18U

Stars Claim Final Trials Game with 9-1 Win

Kendall Williams gives up just four hits and no earned runs in start
June 28, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Stars 0 5 1 0 1 3 9 10 1
Stripes 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
Win: K. Williams Loss: M. Allan Save: None
Box Score | Stars Cumulative | Stripes Cumulative
 

CARY, N.C. - The Stars team wrapped up the 2018 18U National Team Trials on a strong note with a six-inning 9-1 victory over the Stripes in the final game of the series on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Kendall Williams (Olive Branch, Miss.) tossed a dominant game for the Stars, giving up just four hits and no earned runs while walking just one in his 4.1-inning start.

Behind that start, the Stars offense finally got things going in game four. A five-run second inning got the Stars on the board and in firm control of the contest early on.

The inning got started with a leadoff single from Joe Naranjo (Chino, Calif.), but all five runs came with two outs. After a fly out and a pop up, Ethan Hearn (Mobile, Ala.), Gunnar Henderson (Selma, Ala.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) all collected RBI with a single, double and triple, respectively, to give the Stars a 5-0 lead.

That score would stand until the fifth inning, when the Stars widened the gap courtesy of a Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas) sac fly that plated Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.).

The Stripes finally broke through with an answer in the bottom half. An error allowed one run to cross to make it a 6-1 game.

In the very next frame though, the Stars posted another big inning to put the game out of reach for good. The squad pushed three more across for the final score of 9-1.

Nine different players collected hits for the Stars in the game, including Hearn, who finished 1-for-1 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored. On the other side of the diamond, Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) scored the Stripes' lone run and finished 1-for-2 on the day.

Thursday's contest wrapped up a four-game series between the two teams and a five game trials process that also included a game between the 18U Trials squad and the 2018 Collegiate National Team. The Stars claimed the victory on the day but the Stripes won the series 3-1.

Following the completion of the 2018 18U National Team Trials, the final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced later in the fall. Team USA will then come together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for training before competing in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships from November 23-December 2 in Panama City, Panama.

Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

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CNT

Trials Team Takes Down Collegiate National Team, 3-2

Masyn Winn drove in game-winning runs and recorded the save in the win
June 27, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
18U Trials 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 8 2
CNT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 9 1
Win: H. Barco Loss: L. Tanner Save: M. Winn
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - The 18U National Team Trials squad got a big 3-2 win over the 2018 Collegiate National Team on the second day of trials Tuesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Avery Short (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the start for the 18U Trials team and was strong in his four innings. He did not give up a run and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out three.

For the Collegiate National Team, Matt Canterino (Carroll, Texas) was on the bump to kick things off. The right-hander struck out four in two innings of work while giving up just two hits and one walk.

The pitching dominated the game early on, but the 18U Trials team eventually broke through first in the top of the fourth, courtesy of an Ethan Hearn (Mobile, Ala.) sacrifice fly.

A leadoff walk to Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) got the inning started before Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) singled and stole a base to put runners on second and third for Hearn. The catcher's flyout to right allowed Witt Jr. to score and gave the 18U squad a 1-0 lead.

The Collegiate National Team threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners at second and third with just one out. Josh Jung (San Antonio, Texas) tagged up on a Zach Watson (Ruston, La.) fly ball but Hylan Hall (Ocoee, Fla.) caught it and tossed a laser to get the third out at home and keep the 18U team in the lead.

Just one inning later though, the Collegiate National Team did manage to tie things up when Andrew Vaughn (Santa Rosa, Calif.), who reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on an error, came home on a wild pitch to make it a 1-1 game.

But the tie didn't last long. Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) came up clutch for the 18U squad in the top of the ninth for the immediate answer.

Against fellow 18U National Team Trials player Logan Tanner (Lucedale, Miss.), Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.) and Hall went back-to-back with a single and a double to put runners on the corners and start the rally. Winn followed that up with a big bloop hit to right that brought in both runners and gave the 18U team a 3-1 lead.

After giving his team the lead in the top half, Winn came in to close things out in the bottom of the ninth. With runners on first and second and one out, the righty got a swinging strikeout and a fly ball to secure the victory for the 18U Trials team.

Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) and Hendrick both tallied multi-hit games in the win.

The 2018 18U National Team Trials will continue on Wednesday with an intrasquad doubleheader between the Stars and Stripes at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. First pitch of game one will be at 4:30 p.m. ET on Field 2, while game two will take place on Coleman Field at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

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18U

Stripes Claim First Game of Trials in Extras

Tyler Callihan finishes 3-for-5 with five RBI in the win
June 26, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Stripes 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 7 8 1
Stars 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Win: M. Rajcic Loss: S. Faltine Save: None
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - In the first game of the 2018 18U National Team Trials, the Stripes secured a 7-3 win in extra innings against the Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

After a quick three innings to start the game, both teams finally broke through in the fourth. A leadoff walk came around to score, courtesy of a Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) RBI knock to give the Stripes the first run of the game and a 1-0 lead.

But the lead didn't last long as the Stars had an immediate answer in the bottom half. The team collected two walks to start the inning before scoring on a Hylan Hall (Ococee, Fla.) double and a passed ball to take a 2-1 lead.

The Stripes had their own answer in the very next frame, tying things up again 2-2 on a RBI groundout from CJ Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.). That tie lasted just one inning before the Stars claimed the lead once again.

Hall came through in the clutch again to give the Stars a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, courtesy of a sacrifice fly to left.

The Stripes weren't done yet though as an RBI groundout pushed one across to even the score once again in the top of the eighth.

A couple stellar defensive plays followed, including a laser from Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) that mowed down a runner at the plate in the eighth inning, to keep the score tied and force the game to extras.

Once in the tenth, the Stripes took control. With international tie-breaker rules in effect, the Stripes started the inning with runners at first and second for Greene, who got a single to load the bases. A walk to Jonathan French forced in a run to make it 4-3 before Callihan broke things wide open.

A bases-clearing triple from the first baseman, who finished the night 3-for-5 with five RBI, gave the Stripes a commanding 7-3 lead before Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) came in to shut down the Stars in the bottom of the inning and secure the victory.

Will Rigney (Waco, Texas) tossed four strong relief innings for the Stripes in the win, allowing just one run on one hit and no walks while striking out five.

The 18U National Team Trials continues on Tuesday with a doubleheader against the 2018 Collegiate National Team. The 18U Stripes will take on the Collegiate National Team Stars at 3:30 p.m. ET and the 18U Stars and Collegiate National Team Stripes will face off at 7 p.m. ET, both at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

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18U

USA Baseball Reveals 2018 18U National Team Trials Roster

18U National Team Trials to begin June 24, in Cary, North Carolina
June 23, 2018

CARY, N.C. - Following the conclusion of the 2018 Tournament of Stars (TOS), USA Baseball revealed the 2018 18U National Team Trials roster. Forty-three players selected to this year's trials roster from TOS hail from 17 states across the country.

The 18U National Team Trials will begin on Sunday, June 24, and will consist of, workouts, three intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games and a double header against the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on Tuesday, June 26. All five games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com and Facebook.com/USABaseball, and select games will be available on MLB.com and YouTube.

The final 20-man 18U National Team will be named later in the fall before competing in the 2018 COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships in Panama City, Panama, from November 23-December 2.

The 18U team will be looking for its fifth consecutive Pan Am Championships gold medal in 2018. The program has won seven straight international tournament titles dating back to 2011, including winning the last four World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

"We had a great week [at the Tournament of Stars]. Everybody that was here was here for a reason, everybody had skill sets that could help this team win," 18U National Team Director, Matt Blood, said. "But at the end of the day, we're only allowed a certain number of players and decisions had to be made. It was hard to make those decisions, but we took the guys we felt would give us the best chance for success in the future and we're excited about the guys that we have."

The trials roster features 10 USA Baseball alumni, including five athletes who have suited up for the red, white and blue on multiple occasions. Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) returns to the 18U program after winning a gold medal in 2017.

Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) are also looking to represent Team USA for the second year in a row, after winning COPABE Pan American "AA" Championships gold with the 2017 15U National Team. Crow-Armstrong and Winn are two of nine 15U National Team alumni looking to represent the U.S. again in 2018.

In addition to national team alumni, the roster also includes 16 players that have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP). The NTDP offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience.

The athletes selected for the 18U National Team Trials are chosen from the previous year's 17U NTDP, the USA Baseball 17U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the Tournament of Stars.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will lead the 18U National Team in 2018. He will be joined on staff by Pitching Coach Scott Bankhead and Assistant Coaches Joe Almaraz and Gregg Ritchie.

For more information on the 18U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball18U.

The 2018 18U National Team Trials roster:

Name; Position; Hometown
^CJ Abrams; IF; Alpharetta, Ga.
Blake Adams; RHP; Springdale, Ark.
*^Matthew Allan; RHP; Sanford, Fla.
Mack Anglin; RHP; Marengo, Ohio
Hunter Barco; LHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Tyler Callihan; IF; Neptune Beach, Fla.
Corbin Carroll; OF; Seattle, Wash.
*^Joseph Charles; RHP; Celebration, Fla.
Riley Cornelio; RHP; Monument , Colo
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Kale Davis; RHP; Oklahoma City, Okla.
*^Cade Doughty; IF/OF; Denham Springs, La.
*Sammy Faltine; RHP; Richmond, Texas
Jonathan French; C; Lilburn, Ga.
^Riley Greene; OF; Oviedo, Fla.
Hylan Hall; RHP/OF; Ocoee, Fla.
Ryan Hawks; RHP; Bowling Green, Ky.
^Ethan Hearn; C; Mobile, Ala.
Austin Hendrick; OF; Oakdale, Pa.
Gunnar Henderson; IF; Selma, Ala.
^Rece Hinds; 3B; Niceville, Fla.
*^Jared Jones; RHP/OF; Whittier, Calif.
Jared Kelley; RHP; Refugio , Texas
Jack Leiter; RHP; Summit , N.J.
Brennan Malone; RHP; Matthews, N.C.
Jacob Meador; RHP; Burleson, Texas
^Victor Mederos; RHP; Miami, Fla.
Alex Milazzo; C; Zachary, La.
*^Joe Naranjo; 1B; Chino, Calif.
Liam Norris; LHP; Cary, N.C.
Nasim Nunez; IF; Lawrenceville, Ga.
Kyren Paris; IF; Oakley, Calif.
Max Rajcic; RHP/IF; Fullerton, Calif.
Will Rigney; RHP; Waco, Texas
Davis Rokose; LHP; Johns Creek, Ga.
Avery Short; LHP; Indianapolis, Ind.
Logan Tanner; C/RHP; Lucedale, Miss.
^Matthew Thompson; RHP; Cypress, Texas
*^Anthony Volpe; IF; Watchung, N.J.
Kendall Williams; RHP; Olive Branch, Miss.
*^Masyn Winn; RHP/IF; Kingwood, Texas
^Bobby Witt Jr; IF; Colleyville, Texas
*^Carter Young; IF; Selah, Wash.

*Denotes National Team alum
^Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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18U

Brave Claims 2018 TOS Gold

June 23, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Free 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 1
Pride 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 2
Win: None Loss: None Save: None
Box Score
 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Brave 0 0 0 4 0 5 1 4 14 11 0
United 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 8 11 3
Win: C. Villaman Loss: N. Crisp Save: None
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - The power finally showed up at the 2018 Tournament of Stars on Saturday as Brave claimed the gold medal. Brave defeated United 14-8 to claim this year's title behind two home runs from Rece Hinds (Valparaiso, Fla.) and one from Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.).

In the first game of the day, Free and Pride battled their way to a stalemate. Despite going to extra innings, the two teams finished their tournament run with a 4-4 tie.

Gold Medal Game: BRAVE 14, UNITED 8

After a quiet start to the game for both teams, United was the first to break through in the bottom of the third inning.

The team strung together a walk and two singles to load the bases with no outs before Jared Jones (Whittier, Calif.) came through with the game's first RBI on a groundout to plate the first run. A two-RBI double by Matt McCormick (Orland Park, Ill.) made it a 3-0 game for United.

But just one frame later, Brave made up the deficit and then some. The team loaded the bases for Hinds, who launched a ball over the left-center field wall for a grand slam and the 4-3 lead.

United took the lead back in the bottom half, pushing three across for a 6-4 lead, before Brave struck the big blow in the sixth inning. Hinds cleared the wall again with a two-run shot to tie things up and the team then scored three more to take a commanding 9-6 lead.

A huge solo home run by Austin Hendrick to leadoff the top of the seventh and four more runs in the eighth put the game away for Brave.

Hinds, Hendrick and Sammy Siani (Glenside, Pa.) led the Brave offense in the victory. Hinds finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a tournament-high seven RBI, while Hendrick collected two hits, two RBI, three runs scored and a walk. Siani also tallied two hits on the day.

Christian Cairo (Clearwater, Fla.) and Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) were United's leaders at the plate. Cairo went 2-for-3 with a RBI and three runs scored, while Crow-Armstrong finished with 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run.

Third Place Game: FREE 4, PRIDE 4

The 2018 TOS third place game finished in a tie behind some strong pitching performances to start the day.

Pride's Michael Doolin (Schererville, Ind.) got the start on Saturday and gave up just one hit and no walks while striking out two in three innings.

The team's offense was the first on the board in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a Jerrion Ealy (Carthage, Miss.) leadoff single and Hylan Hall (Ocoee, Fla.) double to push the game's first run across. The team added one more in the inning for a 2-0 lead.

A couple insurances runs in the bottom of the third gave the team a 4-0 lead, but it didn't last long.

Free came storming back quickly in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with one out for Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas). The shortstop coaxed a walk to force in one run before a RBI groundout and a two-RBI double evened things up 4-4.

Neither team could get anything going after that though. Four Free pitchers combined to give up just four hits and four walks in the last seven innings, while Pride's four relievers allowed just one hit after the fourth inning.

On the offensive end, Nate Rombach (Arlington, Texas) had the best day at the plate for Free, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) and Glenallen Hill Jr. (Santa Cruz, Calif.) collected two hits each for Pride.

The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) is the primary identification event for the 2018 USA Baseball 18U National Team that will compete in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships from November 23-December 2 in Panama.

The TOS is made up of 80 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration (born in 2000 or later). Following the conclusion of the event on Saturday, June 23, the 40-man 18U National Team Trials roster will be announced at 6 p.m. ET.

Following the announcement, the 40 players selected will participate in a five-game trials process to determine the final 20-man roster that will compete in the 2018 COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships in Panama City, Panama, November 23-December 2. The final 18U National Team roster will be announced in the fall.

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Starting Pitching Rules on Day Four

June 21, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Free 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Brave 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 X 6 10 0
Win: H. Barco Loss: B. Walker Save: None
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United 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 8 12 0
Pride 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 7 2
Win: K. Davis Loss: R. Cornelio Save: None
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CARY, N.C. - Pitching was the name of the game on the fourth day of the 2018 Tournament of Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All four teams got strong starts on the mound but United's Kale Davis (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Brave's Davis Rokose (Johns Creek, Ga.) ruled the day as they led their teams to victory.

Davis went five strong innings without allowing a run or walk to pace United's 8-2 win over Pride, allowing just two hits and striking out six. In Brave's 6-0 defeat of Free, Rokose gave up only three hits and one walk in four innings of work.

With wins on Thursday, both Brave and United have secured spots in the 2018 Tournament of Stars gold medal game on Saturday, June 23.

BRAVE 6, FREE 0

In the day's first game, Brave clinched its place in the gold medal game by shutting out Free, 6-0, behind Davis' stellar outing.

Free's Jack Leiter (Summit, N.J.) also put together a strong start on the bump to hold off Brave's offense in the first half of the game. He allowed just three hits and no walks, while striking out four in the first four innings.

Brave finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. With two on and two out, Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) came up with his first clutch hit of the day to drive in one and give Brave a 1-0 lead. But the team's big blow came in the sixth.

Andre Tarver (Ringgold, Ga.) got a leadoff double to get things started for the squad and it ran away with the momentum, piling on five runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Sammy Siani (Glenside, Pa.), Logan Tanner (Lucedale, Miss.), Carroll and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) all collected hits in the inning, while Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas), Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), Carroll and Volpe tallied RBI.

From the mound, Hunter Barco (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Mac Horvath (Rochester, Minn.) backed up that strong offensive output to close it out and secure the win. Barco tossed four innings, giving up just four hits and one walk, while Horvath pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Nasim Nunez (Lawrenceville, Ga.), who racked up three hits in the game, carried the offense for Free in the game.

UNITED 8, PRIDE 2

United claimed a 8-2 win over Pride in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with its own strong pitching and explosive late offense.

Davis's dominating performance on the mound set the pace for the game early on but United's offense couldn't break through against Pride starter Josh Hahn (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who tossed three strong innings of his own without giving up a run.

United found its groove in the fourth though. The squad put one run on the board in the top of the fourth before scoring in three of the next five innings to put the game out of reach.

The biggest dent came in the top of the seventh when United scored four runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

Dilan Rosario-Otero (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) led off the inning with a quick single up the middle before he came around to score from first on a Kurtis Bryne (Chesterfield, Mo.) double to right-center. Three more singles and a wild pitch did the rest of the damage in the inning.

Pride worked to put a rally together in the final three innings, scoring once in both the seventh and eighth on a Kyren Paris (Oakley, Calif.) single and a Michael Carpentier (Highland, Calif.) sacrifice fly, respectively. But that was all they would manage as United added two more runs in the ninth to put the game away.

Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) had a day at the plate for United in the win, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double, while Paris led Pride's offense, going 2-for-4 with a RBI.

The 2018 Tournament of Stars continues on Friday with an evaluation day at the National Training Complex, followed on Saturday by the third-place game at 9:30 a.m. ET and the gold-medal game at 12:30 p.m. ET on Coleman Field.

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